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Dublin pub shooting: Co Tyrone man shot dead at Sunset House pub

Published 25/04/2016

Gardai at the scene of a fatal shooting at the Sunset House pub in north Dublin last night
Gardai at the scene of a fatal shooting at the Sunset House pub in north Dublin last night
Sunset House pub shooting: one man dead

A Co Tyrone man has been shot dead at the Sunset House pub near Croke Park in Dublin's north inner city.

The incident happened at around 9.35pm on Monday in the Ballybough area. The victim is believed to be a 34-year-old who is originally from Co Tyrone but was living in Ballymun, North Dublin.

A silver coloured Audi A6 car, partial registration 04C, was later found burnt out on Walsh Road in Drumcondra.

Prior to this car being recovered it is believed that three men left Walsh Road in the direction of Home Farm Road in another silver coloured saloon car.

The victim was reportedly known to the Gardai for involvement with dissident republicanism. He had been before the courts on IRA membership charges in the past and was a known associate of senior members of the Hutch crime gang.

Dublin councillor Nial Ring said the victim was "a nice guy doing his job" and the shooting has left the community "devastated".

"Apparently, a guy came into the bar and there were three shots.  Instantly, people were in shock. There was a special needs chap in the place having a pint and he's in a terrible state. The shock of it.

"And a lot of young mothers were there and there was a big match on the television and it was nearly over when this happened.

"It's unacceptable what has happened in this area tonight. I was borned and reared within 100 yards of this spot and it's appalling what happened.

"Obviously, we're praying for him. He was a nice guy," he said.

"He was from Tyrone and he lived locally. He was a barman in The Sunset House and he took over the pub fairly recently.

"He had been attracting new customers and was doing up the place. Yesterday, we had a huge celebration around here for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. The pub was well done up in Irish and celebratory colours as was the whole area.

"He would have been part of that. He lived locally and had a girlfriend living locally. We're just devastated," he said.

Temporary CCTV installed just days ago may have captured the shooters' escape, according to a TD who lives nearby.

North Dublin TD Noel Rock (FG): "Another gangland shooting goes to show that we urgently need new recruitment and we urgently need the temporary overtime measures extended.

"The car, which was dumped at the foot of Walsh Road, yards from my home, is in an area which is currently covered by temporary CCTV which was erected in recent days by coincidence. I trust Gardai will seek this footage as soon as possible from Dublin City Council and use every avenue possible.

"In the interim, I strongly urge Minister Fitzgerald to extend the overtime measures as it's clear that - with this being yet another incident ending in a normally quiet part of the northside, that we badly need further resources right now"

Local Labour TD Aodhan O Riordain appealed for calm.

"Seriously concerned at reports of another shooting. Calm needed now at all costs," he said.

Local councillor Gary Gannon (Social Democrats) explained that the victim was known only by his first name in the area and people were unaware of his past.

"He was known from the pub. This bar is a couple of minutes from my house so I would see him fairly regularly.

"He was always very friendly and affable."

Mr Gannon said the "political elite" in the country were not taking the gangland crisis seriously.

"The Acting Minister for Justice is too busy talking about local Cumann meetings to get up and do something about this."

Investigating Gardai are appealing for witnesses, particularly those people who were in the Sunset House public house on Monday evening from 9pm onwards or who may have observed a silver coloured Audi A6 car, partial registration 04C prior to this incident or its discovery on Walsh Road, to contact them at Mountjoy Garda Station on 01 6668600, The Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

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